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Reference and Databases

Electronic Resources Available 24/7

 General reference sources Databases A to ZSpanish reference sources Business research databasesLiterary reference resourcesNews reference sources Science and Health Reference sourcesReference sources for students

Home access may require your library card number.

Portal view of all electronic resources,
including reference eBooks  
With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc. 
Use it for free on a Monterey County Free Libraries computer! 



The Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!



A to Z: The USA
This database provides state information for student's state reports and for anyone seeking state demographics, educational institutions, maps, recipes of regional cuisine, downloadable images, and much more.
Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records, birth, marriage, death records and more, from USA and other countries.

Available only at the library.

Associated Press News (EBSCO)
provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press on a continuous basis.

AutoMate (EBSCO) 
Auto repair and service information including: maintenance schedules, labor estimates, wiring diagrams, recall notices and more. Designed for touch-enabled devices.


Biography Reference Bank (EBSCO)
Offering the in-depth, original profiles of Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators.

Biography Reference Center
Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.


Your Guide to Exceptional Books. Find your next great read with BookBrowse: Reviews, recommendations, read-alikes, books by theme, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and more. Devoted to current adult fiction and nonfiction books.


BrainFuse - Live Homework Help
Free online homework help with a live tutor provided from 1pm to 11pm daily, except for major holidays.


California Missions eBooks 
Popular books for children about all California Missions published by Follett in electronic format. eBooks can be viewed online or downloaded.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
The single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.


Encyclopedia of Associations (International, National and Regional) as part of GALE Directory Library

Enki eBooks
Downloadable eAudiobooks for your PC, iPod, PDA player and other devices


Explora for Adults (EBSCO)


Explora for Secondary Schools (EBSCO)


Explora for Primary Schools (EBSCO)

Foundation Directory Online 
FDO is the Foundation Center’s online database for nonprofits. It contains four files:  Search Grantmakers, Search Companies, Search Grants, Search 990s. The grantmakers file can be searched by field of interest, geographic focus, types of support and many other categories. The grants file can be searched by subject, recipient type, year authorized, types of support and more.
Available only at the Seaside Branch Library. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you would like to use this database. No need to make an appointment in advance. No remote access available. 

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
This is the Foundation Center’s online database for individuals. 
Available only at the Seaside Branch Library. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you would like to use this database. No need to make an appointment in advance. No remote access available.

This database offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.  

Learning Express Library
This is comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons—students and adult learners—succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO)
LISTA indexes more than 690 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s. 


Lingo Lite
Learn basic vocabulary in 30 languages from native speakers. Each vocabulary entry includes a color photo, a native speaker video, and the word or term in the local language and your native language. Users can change the interface language (also 30 languages) at the click of a button.
A premier online learning resource offering more than 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more.

Master FILE Premier (EBSCO)
This database contains full text for thousands of general reference magazines and publications and covers a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Contains PDF backfiles (as far back as 1975) for many key publications.

Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO)
includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc..

New York Times
daily edition and archives going back to 1851.
For library access register with your email.
For home access follow instruction to redeem your code for 24 hours.

Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for your PC, Kindle, NOOK, iPad and other devices.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (GALE)
A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Thomson Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and pod casts, and links to Websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards. 

Audiobooks and eBooks portal (formerly known as OneClickAudio). Bestselling and popular content for desktops and mobile devices.

RBdigital magazines
This is a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazines, with more than 5,500 magazines from a wide range of publishers. Full digital copies of your favorite magazines that can be viewed on your computer or mobile device. (Formerly known as Zinio)

Salem Health
An online reference source of medical information from Magill’s Medical Guide.

For home access click here. Your password is your MCFL library card number.

Salud en Español (EBSCO)
Salud en Español provee reportes completos basados en evidencias y fichas de datos relacionados a todos los aspectos de la salud y el bienestar. Reportes específicos por tema que cubren todos los aspectos de la salud, dan información general importante en relación a enfermedades, afecciones y procedimientos de diversos tratamientos.


TumbleBook Library

Over 550 titles which include animated talking picture books, books in English, French and Spanish, read-alongs, non-fiction books and National Geographic Videos. Plus, educator resources such as lesson plans, quizzes and educational games and puzzles


from Brainfuse offers free, live, online academic and job assistance for veterans transitioning to civilian life. Services include: resume review, job interview coaching, standardized test practice, live academic tutoring, eligible VA benefits and community resources. Live chat service is offered from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM PST daily.

Virtual Reference Library (GALE)
A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. The following titles are available: Encyclopedia of American Industries; Encyclopedia of Management; History of World Trade Since 1450; Writers Directory; Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America; Cities of the United States; Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook; Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World; Encyclopedia of Philosophy; World of Forensic Science.

Web News Harvester (EBSCO)
provides near real-time access to thousands of top news feeds from around the globe.

Wilson Core Collections (EBSCO)

Professional resources for public libraries collection development from H. W. Wilson.

World Book Encyclopedia Online
ccess tens of thousands of authoritative articles with photographs, illustrations, maps, primary sources and more.

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